Image from page 118 of "The sea fairies" (1911)
Title: The sea fairies
Publisher: Chicago : Reilly & Britton
Contributing Library: New York Public Library
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eighbor? We know how to be civil to our friends, replied Trot,who did not like the way he spoke. Well, arent we friends, then? asked the Octopus, inan airy tone of voice. I think not, said the little girl. Octopuses are horridcreatures. Qctopi, if you please; octo/?z, said the monster, with alaugh. I dont see any pie that pleases me, replied Trot, begin-ning to get angry. Octopus means one of us; two, or mor^ are called octo/?/,remarked the creature, as if correcting her speech. I suppose a lot of you would be a whole bakery! shesaid, scornfully. Our name is latin. It was given us by learned scientistsyears ago, said the Octopus. Thats true enough, agreed Capn Bill. The learnedscientists named evry blamed thing they come acrost, an 103 Chapter Nine generly they picked out names as nobody could understand,or pernounce. That is nt our fault, sir, said the Octopus. Indeed,it s pretty hard for us to go through life with such terriblenames. Think of the poor little sea horse. He used to be
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a merry and cheerful fellow, but since they named him hip-pocampus he has nt smiled once. Lets go, said Trot; I dont like to sociate with octo-puses. , said the creature, again correcting her. 103 The Sea Fairies You re jus as horrid, whether you re puses or pies,she declared. Horrid! cried the monster, in a shocked tone of voice. Not only horrid, but horrible! persisted the girl. May I ask in what way? he inquired, and it was easy tosee he was offended. Why, evrybody knows that octopuses are jus wickedan deceitful, she said. Up on the earth, where I live, theycall the Stannerd Oil Company an octopus, an the CoalTrust an octopus, an Stop, stop! cried the monster, in a pleading voice. Doyou mean to tell me that the earth people, whom I have al-ways respected, compare me to the Stannerd Oil Company? Yes, said Trot, positively. Thats what they do, added Capn Bill, nodding hisgrizzled head. Oh, what a disgrace! What a deep, direful, dreadfuldisgrace! moaned the Octopus, drooping his head
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